'The Social Media Stars of Birmingham': Expert compiles Magic City must-follow list

      ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann aka @spann on Twitter is one of "The Social Media Stars of Birmingham," according to social media expert Wade Kwon. (
      BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Wade Kwon, a social media expert in Birmingham and the co-founder of the Alabama Social Media Association, released a list of some of the best and brightest on Twitter and other social media websites in his free e-book called "The Social Media Stars of Birmingham."Kwon, a communications consultant who was named by the Poynter Institute as one of 35 influential people in social media, put together the list of "must-follows" based on four factors:{} engagement, audacity, virality and creativity. "This book brings together my favorite leaders who use their social media outlets in smart and diverse ways," Kwon writes in the book.Included on the list is ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann aka @spann, who has been a staple in the local social media scene since day one. Here's what Kwon had to say on why he named Spann to his Top 27 list: "James is one of my heroes. I have argued that anyone can be a James Spann on social media and in life. Remember: He has nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter and more than 120,000 on Facebook. Plus, three social media stars in this book picked him as their favorite."The social media-savvy meteorologist is also mentioned as a Twitter favorite by three others named to the list, one of whom, @ObjectivityRach, jokingly professes her love for Spann."He spreads pertinent and interesting information thoroughly in a timely manner, and with social media perfection. I might be secretly in love with him. Or not so secretly," said Rachel Callahan, a popular blogger who is known for her stunning photos of Birmingham at dusk. Blaine Prickett, who has over 10,000 followers on his Instagram account @instagrambham, is also a big fan of Spann.

      "He goes above and beyond to inform the public of bad weather. He also does a wonderful job of connecting with his followers any chance he gets," Prickett is quoted to saying in the e-book.

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